Michael Whang, DDS
Dr. Michael Whang is a specialist in Periodontics, whose duties include esthetic gum procedures, management and treatment of gum disease, and surgical placement of dental implants. Committed to the pursuit of higher learning and the value of education, he dedicates his time as a lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry, in the Periodontics Department. Dr. Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles. It was in High School just up the street from Studio City Dental Group where he met his wife Sunny. They have three daughters. When not experiencing the joy of parenting, Dr. Michael enjoys playing a round of golf or watching a competitive sporting event: football, basketball, or whatever the season brings.
Maria Elena Tapia, DDS
I enjoy life, and I live it to the fullest with everything I do! I surround myself with positive people and I hope to make a positive impact on others as well. One of the strongest values I have is honesty. I believe it is instrumental for building strong relationships.
My name is Maria Elena Tapia and I welcome you to our practice. The person I am directly reflects the type of professional I have become. A big part of my life is my dedication to my career and my dental family. My goal is to be your dental expert and exceed your expectations. It is my job to satisfy your needs and achieve your oral health.
The other part of my life is my personal family. A little boy name Maximo and our new little angel Ellah sweeten my life with their smiles! I also enjoy sharing time with my soul mate. He has been my positive influence and support.
Graduated from dental school in Nicaragua
Postgraduate AEGD program UCLA School of Dentistry
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
West Los Angeles Dental Association
Hi my name is Rebeca. I am a dental assistant here at dentistry by design. I have been working with Dr. Maria Tapia for the past 7 yrs. I enjoy working alongside Dr. Tapia in satisfying our patients with their dental needs and giving them a healthy smile.
Lesley McGovern Kupiec, RDH, MSDH
Lesley moved to Los Angeles from Boston in 2010 shortly after completing her undergraduate dental hygiene degree. She is extremely passionate about her profession and in 2014 graduated from USC with her Master of Science degree in dental hygiene. She feels that helping others help themselves to have the happiest, healthiest lives possible is one of the most rewarding parts about her job.
Lesley is very active in the local component of her professional association. She also has volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games and downtown at Care Harbor, a free clinic providing medical and dental services to underserved populations In Los Angeles County.
Lesley loves the sunny Southern California weather and can often be found outside. Spending time with her husband at the beach, playing volleyball and softball are some of her favorite activities.
Selected to be featured in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2015
Selected to be featured in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry Trodent-Alumni Magazine (page 15) – Fall 2014,
Hi my name is Toni and I have been working in the dental field field for over 30 years. For the first 18 years of my career I was a registered dental assistant and then I shifted to working at the front desk where I greeted my patients and helped them better understand their dental insurance benefits. Since I have started working on insurance billing and treatment coordination I have really loved what I do. I also love working with Dr. Tapia. Dr. Tapia is a caring individual and a top of the line dentist. From the start Dr. Tapia gives each patient individual attention and makes them feel at home while utilizing the best quality material that is available in dentistry today.
Stacey Meepos, RDH
Stacey has worked in the dental field for over 18 years. She has always enjoyed serving others and is extremely passionate about dentistry. Early on in her career she worked with a Maxio Facial Prosthodontist as a registered dental assistant. She specialized in working with cancer patients with complex dental needs.
Stacey moved from San Luis Obispo to further her career in dentistry. She graduated from Hygiene school in 2008. Stacey loves being a dental hygienist, especially motivating patients to achieve a healthy smile. Stacey balances her satisfying career with a husband and two-year-old son at home.
She is currently taking courses to get a degree in public health. Stacey’s long-term goal is to open a nonprofit dental clinic for underserved populations.
Judy Zweig, RDH
My name is Judy Zweig. I was born and raised in the Brentwood, Pacific Palisades neighborhood and actually still live here! I have loved practicing dental hygiene, having graduated over 30 years ago from USC. My favorite part about my career is developing relationships with my patients and helping them achieve a high level of dental health.
When I am not working I cherish the time I spend with my husband and two daughters. I love to cook and hike in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Esmeralda Gonzalez, RDA
My name is Esmeralda Gonzalez and I am a Registered Dental Assistant. I have been working in the dental field for 20 years. I enjoy helping patients with their dental needs.
In my spare time, I appreciate going on walks and spending time with my two kids.
My name is Mickaela, I am a Registered Dental Assistant. I have been working in the dental field for 7 years now. I have my Associate’s Degree in applied sciences and pre hygiene. I hope to one day go back to school to continue my education in hygiene. I recently moved to Los Angeles from Charlotte, North Carolina. I enjoy taking pictures and exploring new places in my spare time.